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Old 06-22-2011, 01:10 PM
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Exclamation Apartment Complex and Commercial Plaza Bid

So I just got a call from a property management company to get a bid on two commercial properties.

I haven't even checked them out yet, but one is an apartment complex with 72 units, and the other is a business plaza with 15 suites.

If I were to get this it would be the biggest job I ever had. The only other time I had a chance to bid larger properties was with a small apartment, the largest being a single unit with 10 doors/addresses. Other then that I have a 4-plex that I service weekly.

First of all, I'm a single person show. With a 21-inch commercial Toro, trimmer, blower, etc. This job would practically require me to buy new equipment right away. I don't think I would have to hire anyone else, as I'm not to a point yet that I can't do all the work I have (close, but not yet).

Basically, I would like to know what I even should look for when I go to these places. She did mention that she wants season flowers included in the bid. So I'm thinking she wants something that is complete and all inclusive.

I know I can calculate my time based on square footage with mowing and trimming, etc, with a typical home. But how does it work then you are looking at something on this scale?

I was once told that an easy way to bid for apartments is $19 per door (I'm assuming per month). So that 72 unit apartment complex would be $1,400 per month (rounding up). But does that count fertilizer, weed spray, pruning, planting, etc?

Can you guys give me an idea of what I should be on the lookout for when I do actually go over there? I have a measuring wheel, so I can get pretty precis, and I can take pictures if that would help.
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